Raising the Roof: The Pastoral-to-Program Size Transition

Raising the Roof: The Pastoral-to-Program Size Transition

by Alice Mann

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Overview

Pastoral-to-program size change is frequently described as the most challenging of growth transitions for congregations. Now Alban senior consultant Alice Mann, author of The In-Between Church: Navigating Size Transitions in Congregations, addresses the difficulties of that transition in this resource designed specifically for a congregational learning team. Conceptualized and developed by Mann for an Alban on-line seminar program test event conducted with 12 congregations in transition, her newest book features a five-step process enabling the learning team to engage a wider circle of congregational leaders and members in study, discernment, and planning. Never-before published resources include discussion of a major new concept-passive barriers to growth-plus Mann's "System Change Index" tool to help congregations measure their progress from pastoral-size to program-size ways of operating. From preparing the congregation's board and members, selecting the person to guide the learning process, and recruiting the learning team, to creating and celebrating a plan for congregational learning and action, Mann provides all the resources a congregation needs to address this significant size transition period.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566992541
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/01/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Alice Mann is an Episcopal priest, has pastored six congregations, and is currently a Senior Consultant with the Alban Institute. Her areas of expertise include growth strategies, leadership skills, strategic planning, and spirituality. Her other Alban title include The In-Between Church, Size Transitions in Congregations, and Can Our Church Live? She is the co-author of Holy Conversations: Strategic Planning as a Spiritual Practice for Congregations.

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